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I found that VA-5000 "felt" like an A-7000 when run on an Athlon 1.2GHz/T'Bird based box with 256MB of RAM and Win98SE. It felt quite usable. I'd expect (and this is only a guestimate) more up to date PC hardware to manage perhaps 3 or 4 times that speed (or around StrongARM territory).

Like you I was quite impressed, my big (nagging) worry is what effect this will all have on the RISC OS Platform (that is hardware+software). A lot of big names on the scene here have thrown their weight behind (what is fundementally) a PC hardware solution running RISC OS under software emulation. That being the case they do *not need* to *ever* countenance using actual ARM hardware ever again. Also it puts RISC OS firmly at the mercy of whatever twists and turns Microsoft do next - as your primary OS is really WindowsXP (VARPC just runs as a program on top of it). In the face of that you have just Iyonix and Omega (and the now slower A7000 style boxes - which can't really compete with either native *or* emulated systems running RISC OS).

That's where we're at at the moment and whether it's a good or bad place to be will become clear in due course no doubt.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 9/11/03 8:12PM
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